Since launching in 2008, crowdfunding platform Indiegogo has become known as the provenance of creative types, scrappy startups and charitable campaigns. But now, big brands are seizing on it as a way to align themselves with popular causes. DC Entertainment’s We Can Be Heroes campaign raised more than $150,000 to tackle hunger in the Horn of Africa by enticing donors with perks like collector’s edition comic books or a meet-and-greet at San Diego’s Comic-Con. Save the Drive-In, a campaign supported by Honda, is raising money to help sustain the dwindling number of drive-in movie theaters. Supporting innovation has been another popular theme. Philips recently used Indiegogo to launch a competition in which entrepreneurs battle to raise money for their product ideas. Campaigns that reach a certain level of their funding goals will be eligible for a $60,000 grand prize from Philips. In a less-competitive example, Domino’s Powered by Pizza initiative has supported such Indiegogo campaigns as a tech incubator and a comic book series that promotes literacy, offering gift cards to donors. “These campaigns let brands engage with their customers rather than just treating them as a transaction,” said Indiegogo co-founder Danae Ringelmann. “The customers feel like they’re working alongside […]
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